Raspberry Pi 3 Model B 64 Bit Quad Core 1GB Mainboard

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  • The latest member of the Raspberry Pi family of minicomputers
  • The Brand New Raspberry Pi 3 Model B Mainboard
  • A full computer that fits in the palm of your hand

Product overview

• The latest member of the Raspberry Pi family of minicomputers
• The Brand New Raspberry Pi 3 Model B Mainboard
• A full computer that fits in the palm of your hand
• Featuring the Broadcom BCM2837 ARMv8 64 Bit Quad Core Processor
• Stream and watch Hi-definition video output at 1080P
• 40pin extended GPIO to really enhance your projects to the next level
• New Micro SD card slot for storing information and operating systems
• Four USB ports and an RJ45 10/100 network socket add connectivity with many external devices
• CSI Camera Port to connect your Raspberry Pi Camera
• DSI Display Port to connect directly your touch screen display

What is new on the Raspberry Pi 3?
The brand new Raspberry Pi 3, released on 29th February represents a massive leap forward in the Raspberry Pi series of computers. The all new next generation ARMv8 is a powerful 64 bit quad core processor, running at 1.2GHz and backed up with 1GB RAM. With integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (low energy) quick connection to wireless networks and peripherals is now possible without the need for an external adaptor. Power management on board has also been upgraded and can now handle up to a powerful 2.5A allowing you to power more on the four USB ports, limiting the need for a powered USB hub. The updates in this 3rd generation of Raspberry Pi really bring the board to a new level and opens up IoT possibilities without the need for extra hardware. All of these upgrades haven’t affected the Pi’s notably small footprint – meaning that the Pi 3 is still kept within the same form factor as the previous board – more power, more features - but the same compact size.

What is Raspberry Pi?
The Raspberry Pi is an inexpensive complete computer. When it is connected to a display, it can transform any TV screen or monitor into a computer programming station. It is also great for connecting to other devices such as electronic components or a HD camera. The GPU (Graphical Processing Unit) both handles and displays recorded HD video to show via the HDMI out port. It facilitates audio-visual output via the Raspberry Pi’s 3.5mm jack to connect to headphones, speakers or perhaps a TV screen.

The typical audience for the Raspberry Pi are young people or beginners who have a desire to learn more about what they can build with the technology. The operating system is downloaded using the instructions from the Raspberry Pi website onto a microSD card. Depending on the system you choose, it can then be used as a typical desktop-centric computer for programming and development. Other software packages facilitate embedded applications like playing HD video and for browsing.

What can I do with a Raspberry Pi?
The Raspberry Pi allows you to practise your computer programming especially for the Scratch and Python languages. It enables you to surf the web by plugging in a wireless USB dongle, embark upon electronic projects using the GPIO pins, connect a camera to the camera port or use it as a media centre to watch your favourite films. You can see what other people have been making by clicking here.

NOOBS is the recommended software for your Raspberry Pi because it gives you a selection of operating systems to install. Please click here to check out the many options of operating system you can install on the Raspberry Pi. This also includes a step by step description of how to put the operating system on an SD card.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant gadget. Bought this to play with RetroPie and Kodi (multi-media station). I can't believe how good this little gadget is.
Date published: 2016-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great little gadget The Raspberry Pi was easy to get set up. Being open source there was a lot of support available on the net and the instructions weeper easy to follow. I have little experience with coding and Linux but am keen to learn more using Pis to develop new projects.
Date published: 2016-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rasp Pi 3 Never used one of these before, So I thought I'd try one. Once you find the image you are seeking to install it's really straightforward. The only thing I had a bit of trouble with when connecting to the Pi was enabling the ssh. Eventually found it and bingo everything working sweet. My Mini Micro Computer Loving it.
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great improvement on Pi2 The wireless is a great addition! Great as a mini server for backups
Date published: 2016-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really capable! This is a really capable device. Using an open source OS means that it can do (almost literally!) anything.
Date published: 2017-10-27
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Video Output:

Phono (RCA)
HDMI (up to 1.4 compatible) and DSI socket

Operating Specifications




Broadcom BCM2837 64bit ARMv8 QUAD Core 64bit


Dual coreVideoCore IV Multimedia co-processor

I bought a Raspberry Pi 3 which came with SD card. The board does not have a slot for this- it only has a micro sd slot. Do I need an adaptor or is there another way to install the software?

Asked by: Robert
The SD card you get is an adapter you should be able to slide the micro SD out of it to use in the Pi 3.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2017-07-31

Could I use 2 or more R-Pi's to frame-sync pictures from asynchronous video cameras? Inputs: composite, s-video, or RGB analogue PAL 625/25 SD. Sync source is a PAL SPG. All outputs to be in step to go to a mixer.

Asked by: Martec UK
Unfortunately, I do not know I would advise having look online where enthusiasts should be able to help you with this type of enquiry.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2017-07-03

Does the raspberry pi allow for LVDS output ??

Asked by: Harley
Unfortunately i am sorry but the item in question doesn't support use in you intended application out of the box , this would require an LVDS controller.
Answered by: darren cordon
Date published: 2017-02-04

If there is no power lead what one do I need to buy?

Asked by: Jay42
You would need a Micro USB DC 5 V @ 2.5Amp
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2016-11-24

Hi, I know nothing about the raspberry pi3 but want to buy one for my partner, do I need to buy anything to go with it,  is this the correct one to buy?  Many thanks. 

Asked by: Jules
This is just the mainboard, probably better to buy a lower spec kit that includes all the accessories. http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/quad-core-raspberry-pi-v2-development-kit-n01ea If your partner takes a shine to Raspberry Pi, you can upgrade the mainboard later.
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2016-11-10

My Raspberry Pi  3 model B does not show the wireless icon at the top right of desktop. How do I make the wireless connection to my Hub.

Asked by: Stephen
Answers to just about any Raspberry Pi question you can ask can be found on their support forum The following link may prove helpful https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?p=764871
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2016-09-24

"It enables you to surf the web by plugging in a wireless USB dongle" Does it come wth built in WiFi? or do I need a dongle?

Asked by: Paradroid
It does have built in wifi and it also has built in Bluetooth 
Answered by: Char
Date published: 2016-05-31

What is the item code for the SD Card with the OS on it, like there was with the Raspberry Pi 2? I see from an answer they are not sold together for some reason, but where do I get the OS SD Card?

Asked by: uktony
Sorry we do not sell this as a separate item, typically users would download the NOOBS OS from the Raspberry Pi website and copy it onto a micro SD ready for use.
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2016-05-11
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